James L. Burke, Of Counsel


James L. Burke is a member of the firm's Litigation Group and Commercial Creditors' Rights Group. James specializes in criminal defense, with an emphasis on white collar prosecutions in both federal and state court. James worked for the United States Attorneys' Office for over 12 years in the Districts of Arizona and Maine, during which he prosecuted and tried various complex cases. James worked in the Organized Crime Task Force, prosecuting crime syndicates and fraud cases. James also was a state prosecutor in Seattle, Washington, where he tried over 100 jury trials, including murder, domestic violence, and assault cases.

James also specializes in creditors' rights work, representing both secured and unsecured creditors, with an emphasis on judicial and nonjudicial foreclosures of real property liens. James also has experience in representing creditors in pre- and post-judgment auditor's remedies to protect and recover collateral and to collect indebtedness owed.

Some of James's significant cases are listed below:

  • Representation of pharmaceutical company indicted by federal government for distribution of human growth hormone (HGH) drug.
  • Defense of officer of college football bowl committee indicted for campaign contributions to state and federal political candidates.
  • Representation of financial institution in $8 million property "fair market value" trial.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Kansas School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Kansas (B.S., high distinction, 1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1987

Professional and Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (Member)